They don't make ‘em like they used to. Now that I'm in my 30's I can safely say that. In a few more years I'm going to start yelling at kids to get off my lawn. When it comes to cell phones though, that really is the case. Is there a person reading this that hasn't experienced a phone breaking by dropping it out of their pocket? A three foot fall can be the absolute bane of a $300-$500 gadget, which is why we all put cases and screen protectors on our phones. Nokia, which has really become more or less irrelevant in the US, used to dominate here based largely in part to the fact that their phones were nearly indestructible, as this very amateur video demonstrates. Nokia is still trying to pass themselves off as a company that builds sturdy phones. The video below shows one of the testing machines that is supposed to replicate that 3 foot drop from our pockets over and over and over again. The N8 definitely holds up to this particular test, probably in large part due to its somewhat bulky design. While this really isn't that sensationalistic, would you put your glass riddled iPhone 4 in there without any protective gear on it? I probably wouldn't put my Vibrant in there. Blackberries have gotten some pretty high marks in terms of durability. Not surprisingly, they tend to have pretty small displays and a lot more plastic on the front side than most smartphones. It does make you wonder though how many of these other manufacturers put their phones through a similar test only to see them fail and go ahead with the design anyway.

Posted by David Yi, Social Media and SEO Assistant at Wireless Emporium